The Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console release of the original Pokemon Gold, Pokemon Silver and Pokemon Crystal marks the re-release of what many STILL consider to be the best Pokemon games of all time for a variety of reasons, all of which I agree with. I’d know: I played the original 2nd Gen games when they were released back in 1999. Pokemon Silver still stands as my most played game. EVER. I played it every single day since getting it until I traded it in to buy Pokemon Ruby in 2002.
The 2009 Nintendo DS remakes Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver–which I still have of course–were a letter of love to fans of the original games: The Pokefinder Prehep included with them served as a replacement to the originals’ Mystery Gift function. The remakes used the Diamond and Pearl engine but included certain mechanics introduced in Crystal including the Eusine and Suicune events. Trainers could also get one of the Kanto Starters when they visit Professor Oak in Pallet Town. In addition, trainers could catch Rayquayza by transferring a Groudon caught in SoulSilver to HeartGold or a Kyogre caught in HeartGold to SoulSilver. Then there’s the Arceus Event involving the Ruins of Alph where you can make a Level 1 Dialga, Palkia or Giratina using the in-game Event Pokemon Arceus. One could easily make the arguement the remakes were harder than the originals due to the inclusion of mechanics introduced in the 3rd and 4th Gen games but I digress.
…But enough about the Gold and Silver Remakes. This is about the ORIGINAL Gold, Silver and Crystal.
In commemoration of the Virtual Console releases of Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver, the rest of this page will be a bit of a cheat sheet for those of you who are experiencing the original Gold, Silver and Crystal for the very first time. There will be tips and hints that span the entire length of the game including the post-game Kanto Region.
Before I begin, here are Version Exclusives to be aware of:
- Gold Only: Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Arcanine, Spinerak, Ariados, Gligar, Teddiursa, Ursaring, Mantine
- Silver Only: Vulpix, Ninetales, Meowth, Persian, Ledyba, Ledian, Delibird, Skarmory, Phanpy, Donphan
- Not in Crystal: Vulpix, Ninetales, Mareep, Flaafy, Ampharos, Girafarig, Remaros, Octillery
- Not in Gold, Silver or Crystal: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Omanyte, Omastar, Kabuto, Kabutops, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, Mew
…If you have Crystal, you’ll want to at least get a Mareep via trade as early as possible. I reccommend getting one as an Egg that you can then hatch in your game. Unlike the later Gens, Pokemon hatched from Eggs received via trade will gain the new trainer’s name and trainer number as if you made the Egg yourself.
Aerodactyl can be obtained via trade on Route 14 in Kanto (East of Fuschia City) for the rare Chansey. If you don’t have access to the 1st Gen games for Chansey or Aerodactyl, breed Chansey when you catch one before you trade it so you will still have one after you trade for Aerodactyl. Farfetch’d, Jynx, Mr. Mime and Lickitung–all Pokemon that could only be obtained via in-game trade in the First Gen–are Wild Pokemon in Gold/Silver/Crystal. If you have one of these Pokemon in your 1st Gen game, you can send them to the 2nd Gen and breed them. Lickitung’s Evolution Lickylicky and Mr. Mime’s pre-evolution Mime Jr. are both introduced in the 4th Gen games but it’s not relevant to the 2nd Gen games.
These are Pokemon that can only be obtained via Breeding:
- Smoochum (Breed Jynx, evolves at level 30 into Jynx)
- Magby (Breed Magmar, evolves at level 30 into Magmar)
- Elekid (Breed Electabuzz, evolves at level 30 into Electabuzz)
- Pichu (Breed Pikachu or Raichu, evolves once Happiness reaches a certain point)
- Cleffa (Breed Clefairy or Clefable, evolves once Happiness reaches a certain point)
- Igglybuff (Breed Jigglypuff or Wigglytuff, evolves once Happiness reaches a certain point)
Magmar is exclusive to Blue in the first Gen (Cinnabar Mansion) while Electabuzz is exclusive to Red in the first Gen (Power Plant). Magmar appears in the basement Burned Tower while Electabuzz appears in the grass outside the Power Plant in Gold/Silver/Crystal. If you caught one of each in the first Gen, it’s reccommended you just send it to the second Gen and breed it with a Ditto. I excluded Magmortar and Electivire because they don’t exist in the first and second Gen games.
On that note. Ditto can breed with any Breedable Pokemon including the 4th Gen Legendary Manaphy. Any Pokemon that breeds with Ditto will always give one of the following:
- The “Baby” form of the Pokemon such as Pichu or Elekid
- The base evolution of the Pokemon such as Ponyta or Houndour
- The same Pokemon such as Aerodactyl, Skarmory or Shuckle
On that note, the following 1st and 2nd Gen Pokemon are MALE Only:
- Nidoran Male
All of these Pokemon can only be bred with Ditto to get more BUT you can breed them with a compatible Female Pokemon to pass on Egg Moves.
That said, the following 1st and 2nd Gen Pokemon are FEMALE Only:
- Nidoran Female
All of these Pokemon can only be bred with Ditto BUT you can breed them with a compatible Male Pokemon to pass on Egg Moves.
Finally, the following 1st and 2nd Gen Pokemon are Genderless BUT are Breedable:
- Ditto (Can be Bred with 100% of all Breedable Pokemon)
Baby Pokemon (Tyrogue, Pichu, etc.) and Legendary Pokemon–now referred to officially as Mythical Pokemon–cannot be bred. The one exception is the 4th Gen Manaphy to get its pre-evolution Phione (which itself doesn’t evolve oddly). Baby Pokemon must be evolved before they can be bred.
These are Pokemon that can only be evolved via Trade while holding a specific item:
- King’s Rock: Poliwhirl (Politoed) and Slowpoke (Slowking)
- Metal Coat: Onix (Steelix) and Scyther (Scizor)
- Up Grade: Porygon (Porygon2)
- Dragon Scale: Seadra (Kingdra)
You will only get ONE of these items during the course of the game so choose carefully before you pull the trigger on evolving Poliwhirl or Slowpoke and Onix or Scyther.
You actually do have a chance to get more King’s Rocks, Dragon Scales or Metal Coats via Wild Pokemon but the drop rate’s 5%:
- Metal Coat: Magnemite or Magneton
- King’s Rock: Slowpoke, Slowbro or Poliwhirl
- Dragon Scale: Horsea or Seadra
If you don’t want to waste Poke Balls, teach a Pokemon Thief (TM46) and use it on one of these Pokemon when you encounter them in the wild. If the target Pokemon has an item, yours will steal it. You can then Run or Faint the Pokemon if you want. Make sure the Pokemon that knows Thief isn’t holding an item because you won’t be able to steal it otherwise.
On a related note: If you’re willing to farm Chansey (8% chance of encountering it east of Fuschia City), it has a 5% chance of holding the Lucky Egg item. What does this item do? No much, just boosts the EXP gain of the Pokemon holding it by 50%.
The Following Pokemon Evolve once their Affection toward you reaches a certain point and then they level up:
- Eevee (Day, Espeon)
- Eevee (Night, Umbreon)
The Fastest way to boost a Pokemon’s Affection is to feed it your vitamins and give ’em Haircuts while keeping them in your active party. These 7 Pokemon only evolve based on Happiness so…yeah.
Tyrogue’s Evolution depends on its Stats when it reaches level 20:
- Attack is Higher than Defense: Hitmonlee
- Defense is Higher than Attack: Hitmonchan
- Attack and Defense are Equal: Hitmontop
You can buy Protien or Iron in Goldenrod City or Celedon City to increase Tyrogue’s Attack or Defense for the evolution you want. You will be given a Tyrogue in Mt. Mortar after you defeat the Karate King, who’s training somewhere inside. He’s the same trainer First Gen trainers met in Saffron City who will give you a Hitmonchan or Hitmonlee after beating him. You can certainly import Hitmonchan or Hitmonlee from the 1st Gen and then breed it with Ditto to save a bit of time if you want.
The following Pokemon evolve using the Sun Stone, which is introduced in the 2nd Gen:
The only way to get a Sun Stone is to place 1st in the Bug Catching Contest, which is held in National Park in Johto on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. You will have 20 Minutes and 20 Park Balls. The contest ends once time or balls run out but after you catch a Pokemon, you can immediately end the contest by going to the park gate. Bring a Pokemon that can put other Pokemon to sleep. Catching a Scyther or Pinsir is almost guaranteed to get you first place.
…Whew, that was quite a lot of info!
If you have the Virtual Console versions of Gold, Silver or Crystal, feel free to bookmark this page!
Beginning to Violet City
- Like the 1st Gen VC games, if you have two 3DS family consoles (as well as a copy of Gold and Silver on each) you can get access to all 3 Johto starters. What I did with Red and Blue was I got 2 copies of both games plus Yellow on both of my 3DS consoles. It takes a bit longer to enable trading to Red/Blue/Yellow from Gold/Silver/Crystal plus you will have to transfer one starter and start a new game once and that’s just assuming you own 2 3DS consoles like I do. What I did in Red/Blue was I picked Charmander in Red but picked Bulbasaur in Blue, sent it to Red and then started a new game but picked Squirtle for the full playthrough and just traded Bulbasaur as I evolved it between the games for the Pokedex entries. I plan to do the same with Chikorita while picking Totodile in Gold and Cyndaquil in Silver for the actual playthroughs. When Crystal was released, I picked Chikorita so I would have a hard copy of all three Johto Starters in the second Gen.
- Speaking of the Johto Starters. It is currently the ONLY Gen in which all 3 starter Pokemon each evolve at different levels both times they each evolve. Chikorita evolves at level 16 and again at 34. Cyndaquil evolves at level 14 and again at level 36. Totodile evolves at level 18 and again at level 30. No other Gen has their starters evolve like this. This is also the only Gen in which ALL of the starters AND their evolved forms do not gain a second type. Gen 5’s Tepig gains the Fighting Type when it evolves while Snivy and Oshwalott do not.
- This is easy to miss but you do have access to the end of Route 46 at the very beginning of the game. From here you can catch Geodude, who will come in VERY handy against the first Gym’s Flying Pokemon. Geodude learns Rock Throw at level 11.
- Catch two Bellsprouts on Route 31: There is a trainer in Violet City who is willing to trade you an Onix for one.
- Gastly can be caught in the Bellsprout Tower at Night. Remember: Ghosts are immune to Normal attacks like Tackle and Scratch.
- Speaking of the Bellsprout Tower. It’s a good place to level the Flying type Pidgey, Hoothoot and Spearow as well as Cyndaquil if that’s your starter Pokemon in Gold/Silver/Crystal.
- Faulkner’s Pidgeotto can easily sweep your team between Mud Slap and the now Flying type Gust, especially if you started with Cyndaquil or Chikorita. The reason: Mud Slap and Gust gives it coverage against 70% of the Pokemon you can get up to this point including Onix and Geodude, who both learn a coverage move that can beat it. My advice: Ask someone who progressed further in the game to breed you a Chinchou (Water/Electric), whose only weakness is Grass and hatch it. Chinchou and Lanturn don’t learn any Electric type moves aside from Spark in the 2nd Gen so once it hatches, trade it again so it can be taught either Thunder via TM (can be bought in the 2nd Gen in Celadon City) or Thunderbolt in Crystal (from a man outside the Game Corner on Sundays and Wednesdays) before sending it back. Why not ask for a Mareep, who learns Thundershock at level 9? Because the birds outspeed it. Pikachu’s fragile as hell to boot as well so…yeah. Fishing for Chinchou requires the Good Rod so for a less rare option you could go with Voltorb, which can be found in the Rocket HQ in Mahogany Town.
Violet City to Goldenrod City
- After you clear the first Gym, you will have access to Route 32 and 2 important Pokemon: Mareep and Wooper. Wooper’s your only decient Water Pokemon for a while if you didn’t start with Totodile. Mareep is slow but bulky. It gains access to Thunder Punch when it evolves at level 15 into Flaafy. The Gen 4 version takes full advantage of this with its Static ability, which it doesn’t have in the 2nd Gen. Oh, well.
- Swing by the optional Ruins of Alph if you wanna catch Unown.
- You get an Old Rod in the Pokemon Center on Route 32. You know the drill: Trade it to someone who progressed further who can evolve it for you. If you’re willing to wait until you’ve unlocked the Time Capsule then send it to the first Gen, evolve it and teach it Surf. I reccommend trading Magikarp and evolving it simply so you have a decient (and slightly over leveled) Water Pokemon early on.
- Speaking of. There are a few trainers who use Fire Pokemon in Union Cave. They’ll give you trouble if you don’t have either a Water Pokemon (not Magikarp) or Geodude/Onix on your team.
- You can catch Slowpoke in the Slowpoke Well but not until after you deal with Team Rocket. Yet another Gen 1 Pokemon that you’ll need to teach Surf, as its only Water type move is Water Gun. That doesn’t change with either of its evolutions either.
- After you take care of Team Rocket you can have Kurt make custom Pokeballs for you. Unlike Crystal, HG and SS he can only make ONE ball per day. in Crystal, he will make Poke Balls of a specific type in bulk. In the remakes, he will take all of your Apricorns and use them to make Poke Balls. White Apricorns grow behind his house but the others are in out of the way locations. As a reminder: Trees can only be harvested once a day so…yeah.
- The Azalea Gym specializes in Bug Pokemon. If you don’t have have Cyndaquil, you should have some Flying and Rock Pokemon Level 12+ to take Bugsy. Fortunately, he doesn’t have Beedrill and Butterfree. LOL.
- The trick to the Farfetch’d puzzle is to herd it back toward the trainer. Once you do, go back and see the master for the Cut HM.
- You get the TM for Headbutt, which can be used outside battles in the 2nd Gen (as well as in HG/SS) on trees. In Ilex Forest if you’re willing to be patient you can snag an Exeggcute. You can also catch an Oddish in Ilex Forest.
- Ah, Route 34. You’ll be spending alot of time here because of the Pokemon Daycare. Be careful coming through here for the first time at night if your Pokemon are running out of steam: The cop will battle you with a Level 18 Growlithe.
- There’s a trainer in Goldenrod City’s Department Store who will trade you a Machop for a Drowzee, which will come in handy for the Goldenrod City Gym (Uses Normal Pokemon). Make sure it’s a Female Machop: Whitney’s Clefairy knows Attract (50% chance your Pokemon of the opposite gender won’t attack) and it will conpletely derail you otherwise. The irony: Almost all of the Pokemon featured in the Gym are Fairy Pokemon as of the 6th Gen (Jigglypuff, Clefairy and Snubbull).
- Don’t forget to see the Florist in Goldenrod City after you beat Whitney: You will need the water bottle to get past the “weird tree” blocking the intersection connecting Goldenrod City, Ecruteak City and Violet City.
- To get the Radio Card from the Radio Tower on the first floor, the answers are Yes, Yes, No, Yes No.
- Don’t forget to go to the Bike Shop to get your free Bike. The Owner will call you after you ride it around for 1000 steps to thank you for the free advertising by letting you keep it.
I’ll pause here to provide some helpful advice for those who have access to a second 3DS with a copy of Red/Blue/Yellow. You will want to import all of the following 1st Gen Pokemon or their evolutions and breed them immediately:
- Porygon (To evolve it into Porygon2 later on)
It will probably take several hours and more so assuming you breed Eevee at least 5 times (one for each of its 5 evolutions) and Hitmonchan or Hitmonlee 2 times (one for each of its other two evolutions that you don’t have) but if you take the time to breed all of these Pokemon, not only are you filling around 30 Pokedex entries but if you also take the time to level up and evolve Bulbasaur (if you didn’t start with Chikorita), Charmander (if you didn’t start with Cyndaquil), Squirtle (if you didn’t start with Totodile), Magmar and Electabuzz then you will be able to fill some gaps off the bat.
…Of course, you can disregard this if you don’t have access to another 3DS with Red/Blue/Yellow. This guide will be written with the assumption you don’t but I will add extra info for those who do.
Goldenrod City to Olivine City
- The National Park holds a bug catching contest on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Catching the extremely rare Scyther or Pinsir prettymuch guarantees you first place. You can catch Sunkern from here during the day when a contest isn’t going on. Speaking of: 1st Prize for winning the Bug Catching Contest is a Sun Stone, which is used to evolve Gloom into Bellossom and Sunkern into Sunflora.
- The “weird tree” blocking the road to Eckruteak City is really a level 20 Sudowoodo. It’s a Rock type. This is your only chance to get it so I recommend catching the fake tree.
- Ah, Route 37. Routes 37 and 36 will come into play while trying to catch the Johto Trio. For now, you have 2 trainers you can’t avoid to get to Ecruteak City. And they will both try to put your team to sleep. After you deal with them, you can catch Growlithe (Gold and Crystal) or Vulpix (Silver) depending on your version. If you didn’t start with Cyndaquil (and don’t have access to the first Gen games), this is your only reliable Fire Pokemon until the Postgame in Silver (Houndour can only be caught in Kanto for some reason) or until you get Ho-Oh in Gold (Level 40 in Gold and Crystal, level 70 in Silver).
- The first thing you should do when you get into Ecruteak City is go to the Pokemon Center. You will meet Bill and now the Time Capsule will be unlocked starting the next day. This allows you to trade with the first Gen Games. Just keep in mind the following restrictions: 2nd Gen Pokemon or Eggs can’t be transferred and neither can 1st Gen Pokemon who know moves that were introduced in the 2nd Gen. Aside from that, be mindful transferring in Pokemon over the level of your current badge: They may not listen to you if you use them in battle.
- Now that you have unlocked the Time Capsule you can breed The Kanto Starters, The Fossil Pokemon (Aerodactyl, Kabuto/Kabutops and Omanyte/Omastar), Hitmonchan/Hitmonlee and Eevee, who were the choice Pokemon in the 1st Gen.
- Speaking of Eevee: Bill will give you one if you’re willing to make the trek to his house in Goldenrod City. The Hitmons have a Pre-evolution in the 2nd Gen: Tyrogue. You get the third Hitmon, Hitmontop when Tyrogue’s ATK and DEF stats are the same when it hits level 20.
- The Burned Tower’s Johto Trio Event is different between G/S and Crystal + HG/SS. In Crystal + HG/SS, you have a guaranteed shot at Suicune in Kanto. Otherwise, have fun randomly finding it in the grasses of Johto.
- The trick to getting to Morty is walking directly in front of the trainers as you beat them. The gym was reworked in the remakes to make this point more obvious. You probably won’t have any Dark Pokemon aside from Umbreon yet (unless you can get one in a trade) but there are a few Pokemon you may have by now who learn Bite, which is a Dark type move starting in the 2nd Gen. Don’t forget Normal Pokemon are immune to Ghost type moves as well!
- Your prize for defeating the Kimono Girls: The Surf HM. You’ll be able to use it after you beat Morty.
- You’re gonna go west to Route 38 after you finish your business in Ecruteak City. You can catch Miltank here as well as Farfetch’d, which was previously only available via an in-game trade in the 1st Gen. You can also catch Tauros here, which was previously only available in the Safari Zone in the 1st Gen. Feed the sick Miltank alot of Berries (Gold Berries will work too) to help it recover. You will be able to buy Moo Milk as a reward from the farmer afterward. Grab Magnemite before you go in town while you’re at it.
- You came all this way to challenge Jasmine but she’s not feeling it right now because of the sick Pokemon at the lighthouse. Grab the Strength HM and the Good Rod before you set sail for Cianwood City.
- Along the way across the sea you will pass the Whirl Islands, which you can’t access without the Whirlpool HM. The only reason you have to go there later on is for Lugia in either version. The sea route’s a pretty good area to level your Electric, Grass and Psychic Pokemon off the wild Tentacool and Tentacruel (as well as Mantine in Gold).
- A Pokemanic in Cianwood will gift you his Shuckle because he’s afraid someone will try to steal it. LOL.
- Chuck’s Poliwrath will use the Mind Reader + Dynamic Punch Combo on you so be careful. Beating him means you get HM Fly from his wife outside the Gym. This allows you to Fast Travel back to Olivine after you get the Secretpotion from the Cianwood City Pharmacy.
- With Olivine City’s Lighthouse Pokemon recovered, Jasmine is ready to accept your challenge. Her level 35 Steelix will give you some serious problems thanks to Sandstorm: Only Rock, Steel and Ground type Pokemon are immune to it. It also has Iron Tail to deal with opposing Rock type Pokemon as well. If you weren’t training the Machop you got in Goldenrod City, import one from the 1st Gen to deal with it is what I strongly reccommend.
Olivine City to Goldenrod City
- After you finish your business in Olivine City, your next stop is Mahogany Town. If you are playing Crystal or HG/SS you will see Suicune on Route 42 briefly. You can’t challenge the Gym Leader, Pryce until after you’ve dealt with Team Rocket. You can’t use the East exit until after you’ve dealt with Team Rocket in Goldenrod City.
- First things first head north to the Lake of Rage. This is your one guaranteed shot at catching a Shiny Pokemon. In this case, it’s a level 30 Gyarados. After you deal with it, talk to former Elite Four member Lance and then meet him in Mahogany Town’s Poke Mart.
- The Rocket Hideout is pretty straightforward in regards to the puzzles. Keep the alarm on if you want to farm EXP though. You can catch the 3 Level 23 Electrode you’re assigned to fight by the way. Same goes for the “Trap” Pokemon on the previous floor.
- With the Gym finally open, slide around until you get to Pryce. If you think it’s an annoying puzzle, see the remakes! The Gym’s specialty is Ice Pokemon but most of the trainers have Seel or Shellder–whose evolutions gain the Ice type–mixed in. Pryce himself has Piloswine, which is a unique Ground/Ice Pokemon. Also unlike the remakes, this Gym is not as dangerous without moves introduced in the 3rd and 4th Gens as well as Abilities. Use a Fire Pokemon or Fighting Pokemon to take out Pryce’s Piloswine.
- As soon as you leave the Gym, Professor Elm will call you. Something about a strange Radio Broadcast coming from Goldenrod City? You get there to find out Team Rocket took over the city while you were busy with Pryce. First stop is the third floor of the Radio Tower. Part of the floor is blocked off so go up the remaining stairs to confront the Rockets there. You’ll be told the real director, who has the keycard needed to proceed is being held underground. Head there and fight your way to the bottom. When you get to the 3×3 grid-like puzzle, the key to move forward is to flip the switches in order from left to right.
- After you get the keycard from the director, return to the radio tower and take on the Rockets once more. For saving Johto from Team Rocket you will receive the Rainbow Wing in Gold and Crystal or the Silver Wing in Silver, which is needed to challenge the cover Legendary. You will be able to challenge the other cover legendary postgame.
Goldenrod City to Blackthorn City
- I reccommend going for Ho-Oh/Lugia before heading to Blackthorn City.
- For Ho-Oh, simply return to Ecruteak City and climb to the very top of the Tin Tower. Bring a Rock Pokemon to exploit the 4x weakness Ho-Oh has to Rock Type moves as well as a non-Grass Pokemon that can put it to sleep. Then, start chucking Balls.
- For Lugia, the top-right entrance to the Whirl Islands will take you directly to Lugia. You will also need a Pokemon that knows Flash to see inside since it’s dark. Although Lugia is a Flying/Psychic Pokemon, it can learn Water type moves. It’s easily the more difficult of the two to catch because its moveset covers various types.
- If you want or need to, go to Blackthorn City and buy some Ultra Balls before coming back to challenge Ho-Oh or Lugia. Do note that only the level 40 versions of Lugia and Ho-Oh have their signature move, Aeroblast and Sacred Fire respectively. The only way to get the move on their level 70 counterparts from Gold and Silver is to either trade them to Crystal and see the Move Relearner or send them to the 7th Gen’s Move Relearner (One way transfer)
- After you catch Lugia/Ho-Oh, head to the Ice Cave east of Mahogany Town. You can catch Swinub, which you first encountered in the Mahogany Town Gym here. You can also catch Jynx, which was previously only available via in-game trade in the 1st Gen here. Don’t forget to grab HM Waterfall on your way out though!
- Blackthorn City has a Move Deleter. In Crystal and the remakes, the Mover Relearner is in the same house. If you want a Pokemon to remember a move it forgot in the 2nd Gen, you will have to bring the Move Relearner 2 Tiny Mushrooms or one Big Mushroom. Otherwise, you can use the Poke Transporter App to send it to the 7th Gen games (being mindful the transfer is one-way).
- Wild Paras and Parasect have a 50% chance of holding a Tiny Mushroom and a 5% chance to hold a Big Mushroom.
- Clair trolls the hell out of you after you curb-stomp her, telling you to go in the Dragon’s Den behind the Gym to prove yourself worthy. After you finally get the 8th Badge, start putting together your team for the journey to the Pokemon League.
With the Rising Badge, you can now use Pokemon of any level including ones received in trades. If you have any level 100 Pokemon you can import from the First Gen Games, now would be a good time to bring them in for the Elite Four. I reccommend bringing in mixed sweepers that are level 70 or higher to steamroll your way through the Elite Four.
Don’t have access to the First Gen games? No worries, I got you covered!
Blackthorn City to The Indigo Plateau
- The Pokemon League is technically in Kanto. To get there, first return to New Leaf Town and speak to Prof. Elm. He will give you the Master Ball to celebrate your accomplishment of getting all 8 badges. Make sure you have Pokemon that knows Cut, Surf and Waterfall as well as a Pokemon that knows Fly or Teleport for just in case you need to return to Johto to restock your items or change your lineup.
- Head East from New Bark Town to Routes 27 and 26. There is a house where you can get your Pokemon healed on Route 26 on that note but no Pokemon Center. The trainers are tough but are good for EXP. Plan to return to Johto if you need to in order to buy more healing items or change your team.
- The cavern leading to the Elite Four is straightforward unlike the 1st Gen. There’s no trainers save your Rival, who will challenge you by the exit at the end. You won’t see him again after you beat him here until the postgame Kanto Campaign.
- The Elite Four has changed since the 1st Gen: Only Bruno remains from the original quartet. You will fight 5 trainers in a row without a chance to fully heal your team inbetween so plan accordingly. If you need it, there is an Abra trainer who will offer to teleport you back to Johto to level some more. I reccommend just fighting the Elite Four since the EXP output is just better.
- Will uses Psychic Pokemon that are all dual types. Exploit their typings and you should be able to sweep him without much difficulty. Xatu may give you some trouble if it gets Confuse Ray off though.
- The former Fuscia City Gym Leader specializes in Poison Pokemon but he does have a Forretress to surprise you. A Psychic Pokemon will sweep 4 of the 5 while a Fire Pokemon will 1-shot Forretress.
- Bruno has replaced an Onix with Hitmontop. Same strategy as before. He’s no threat to you.
- Karen specializes in Dark Pokemon. Her opening act Umbreon will hit you with confusion off the bat so be careful. Gengar will use Destiny Bond if you don’t 1-shot it so it can take down one of your Pokemon with it. Houndoom will be annoying because it will Roar anything that doesn’t 1-shot it.
- What a surprise, Lance is the Champion. I hope you brought an Ice Pokemon with you to exploit the 4x weakness his three Dragonites have to Ice type moves. Maybe two. Otherwise, prepare to be curb-stomped. His level 47 Dragonites–by the way Dragonair evolves into Dragonite at level 55–both have Thunder Wave and he likes to open with it against non-Ground types. Use an Electric Pokemon to exploit Gyarados’ 4x weakness to Electric attacks as well as to take Aerodacyl. Water or Rock type moves will make short work of Charizard.
- Congrats on becoming the Johto League Champion! You can reset the game when the credits roll if you don’t want to sit through them (your progress is saved, don’t worry). When you restart the game, you will be in New Bark Town.
- In the Virtual Console version of Crystal, go the the Pokemon Center in Goldenrod City. There, you will receive the GS Ball. Take it to Kurt in Azaelea Town and you will be directed to the Shrine in Ilex Forest. Interact with the Shrine and you will be challenged by a level 30 Celebi. Bring a Pokemon that can put it to sleep and a lot of Ultra Balls! This event was Japan only in the original Pokemon Crystal but Nintendo unlocked it worldwide for the Virtual Console version.
Postgame Kanto Campaign
- …The late Satoru Iwata was the one who solved a concern about compressing Gold and Silver when it was still in production. Thanks to him, the Kanto Region is now open to you. Get the S.S. Ticket from Prof. Elm and then go to Olivine City. Aboard the S.S. Aqua, find a missing child to advance the story and arrive at Vermillion City in Kanto.
- In Vermillion City, a Snorlax blocks Diglett’s Cave and access to Western Kanto. Challenge Lt. Surge for now. In the remakes, you WILL have to disarm the traps but you lucked out in the originals!
- Head to Saffron City and you will find out something’s happened at the recently reopened Power Plant, which powers the bullet train that connects Saffron City in Kanto and Goldenrod City in Johto. In addition, Kanto’s Radio Tower in Lavender Town–formerly the Pokemon Tower–can’t broadcast either.
- The Copycat Girl in Saffron City will mention she lost her favorite Poke Doll while visiting Vermillion City. Go to the Pokemon Fan Club and retreive it for her. She will give you her Train Pass as thanks.
- Challenge Sabrina, who uses Psychic Pokemon. After you’re done being creeped out by her apparently knowing you would pay her a visit before you were born, stop by the empty fighting dojo next door. The master is away training in Mt. Mortar in Johto. Challenge him and he will give you a Tyrogue, which evolves into one of the Hitmons.
- Head to Celadon City and you will find out Misty is on a date out on the cape to the north. Before you ruin her fun, head east to the Power Plant and find out what’s going on. The owner is beyond pissed someone stole a generator part. On your way out, the cop on duty will announce a suspicious person was seen in near the Cerulean City Gym. Head to the Gym. When you enter, a Team Rocket grunt will bump into you on his way out.
- Now head to Route 22. The 6-trainer challenge was moved past the bridge. Fight the Rocket before you spy on Misty to learn the Rocket hid the Machine Part he stole in the Gym. Recover it and then come back in time to see Misty on a date. No, it’s not Ash (LOL!). Mad/Embarassed you scared off her date, she wants to battle you at her Gym.
- In Crystal and the remakes, you will see Suicune one more time here. Eusine will say something about the Tin Tower. return there and you will do battle with Suicune.
- After putting Misty in her place, return the Machine Part you recovered. You get the TM for Zap Cannon for your trouble. The bullet train can now be used anytime as well. The Radio Tower in Kanto is up and running again and that’s where to go next. Speak to the Guard by the stairs on the first floor to receive an expansion for your Radio Card, allowing you to listen to Kanto’s Radio Stations. One of them is the Poke Flute, which you will need to move Snorlax in Vermillion City. It is Level 50, knows Sleep Talk (can use one of its other moves while Sleeping) and is holding the Leftovers items so be careful.
- After dealing with Snorlax, go to Fuschia City to challenge Koga’s daughter Janine for another badge. In the remakes, the Safari Zone is replaced with the Pal Park (used to import Pokemon from the 3rd Gen games). Head back to Vermillion City and go through Diglett’s Cave to get to Pewter City. Speak to the man to the right of the Gym to receive the Silver Wing in Gold and Crystak or the Rainbow Wing in Silver, which you will need to get the other Legendary in Johto.
- If you go to Mt. Moon from here, you will fight your Rival. After you beat him here, he will challenge you at the indigo Plateau on a weekly basis before you reach the stairs to the Elite Four.
- Head south from Pewter City to Virdian City. In the Remakes, you will have to pass through Viridian Forest but not the originals. The recently appointed Gym Leader is away surveying the damage caused when Cinnabar Island’s volcano erupted. Continue south to Pallet Town and enjoy the remixed music!
- Make your way to Cinnabar Island. You will meet Blue, the rival from the 1st Gen games. He is the new Viridian City Gym Leader. He will allow you to challenge him after you get the other badges in Kanto. As it happens, the Cinnarbar Gym relocated to Seafoam Island to the east. Go there, fight Blaine and then come back and talk to Blue again. In the remakes, Blaine brought back the trivia rooms from the 1st Gen games. In the 2nd Gen games, it’s just him for you to deal with.
- Once you have the other 7 Kanto Badges, Blue will tell you to meet him in the Viridian Gym. He will comment on his short-lived reign as Pokemon League Champion, referencing Red before and after battling you.
- Speak to Prof. Oak in Pallet Town and you will now be able to go to Mt. Silver, which is actually in Johto but can only be accessed overland from Kanto. Return to the Pokemon League gate. The first time you went through here, there was a guard blocking the way West. Now you can get through. The Pokemon here are very strong but there are no trainers. Rest up at the Pokemon Center before you go inside Mt. Silver.
- You can catch Larvitar in Mt. Silver, which evolves into Pupitar (Level 30) and then Tyranitar (Level 55). It takes time to level and evolve it but it’s well worth the effort. Tyranitar is a MONSTER despite its bulk. Send one to the 7th Gen games if you want to breed a Tyranitar with the move Dragon Dance (introduced in the third Gen games), which makes it quite terrifying.
- Waiting for you at the top of Mr. Silver is Red, the Main Protagonist from the 1st Gen games. He boasts the highest-level Pokemon until the Remakes in which they increased the levels of his whole team and replaced Espeon with Lapras. Snorlax will give you the most trouble simply because it will automatically use Rest when it’s lost half or more of its health, knows Sleep Talk and is bulky. You get nothing for beating Red in the originals but in the Remakes, it’s necessary to challenge the Elite Four again.
…After that, all that’s left is to finish the Pokedex.
The only Pokemon you won’t have access to are Mew and Celebi if you don’t have access to the Virtual Console version of Crystal. Well, not unless you use a glitch discovered in the first Gen Red and Blue Games for Mew. This glitch can only be done near the very beginning of Red and Blue but here’s how it works:
- Progress through the game normally until you reach Cerulean City. Clear the Nugget Bridge on Route 24 and then SAVE.
- Catch an Abra in the grass west of the bridge but BE CAREFUL TO AVOID THE TRAINER IN THE GRASS. He is needed for part of the glitch is why. Once you have Abra, put it in your party and then SAVE.
- Return to Route 24 but walk until the trainer is just off-screen but DIRECTLY BELOW YOU AND WOULD BE IN YOUR LINE OF SIGHT WHEN YOU MOVE DOWN and then SAVE.
- Now comes the fun part: Step forward and mash the Menu button so it opens right when the trainer would spot you. Go to the Pokemon list and use Abra’s Teleport. If done correctly, the trainer will “!” and try to walk toward you as you teleport back to Celadon City. DO NOT SAVE.
- You will find you cannot open the Menu. THIS IS NORMAL and it means you activated the glitch successfully. Walk to route 24 and the menu will automatically open. Again, THIS IS NORMAL. DO NOT SAVE.
- Close the menu to instantly trigger a Wild Pokemon Battle with a level 7 Mew. Weaken and catch it. SAVE after catching it. If you fail to catch it and either faint it or run out of Poke Balls, reset the game and then repeat Steps 4 through 6 to trigger the battle again.
- Play the rest of the game normally after you catch Mew.
Congrats, you have now caught the super rare Mew! This glitch was discovered 15 years ago but I only learned about it 2 years ago myself. The Mew you catch is 100% LEGIT and yes, it can be moved to either the second Gen or to Poke Bank if you want. This ONLY works in Red/Blue and ONLY at that point in the game.
Speaking of First Gen Glitches. I’ll explain the more known Old Man Glitch from Red and Blue but know that it requires Surf and Fly as well as access to Cinnabar Island. Doing this glitch allows you to max out TMs and Items. Super handy for items or TMs you only get one of!
- Talk to the Old Man in Virdian City by Route 2 who asks you if you know how to catch Pokemon (of couse you do!). Let him do the demonstration and then Fly to Cinnabar Island.
- Go to the PC and arrange your items so the 6th item from the top is an item you can have more than one of (Master Ball, TM, Nugget, Rare Candy, PP Up, etc.).
- Surf on the eastern beach, which is one space off the land. You will encounter random Pokemon including some that are over level 100 (!). Run from these battles.
- When the battle screen takes a moment to load, that means you encountered MissingNo. That means you did the glitch correctly. Faint MissingNo or Run but DO NOT CATCH IT. DOING SO WILL PERMANENTLY GLITCH YOUR GAME.
- After the Battle, check the 6th item from the top. You will see a pixel instead of a number. That means you did the glitch correctly and you now have a ton of that item!
- Repeat as needed with your items. You can use it on any item you can have more than one of (1-99).
I usually do this with the TMs you can’t buy in Celadon City as well as the Master Ball, Nugget, Rare Candy and PP Up.
…What do these glitches have to do with the 2nd Gen games? Well, you DO catch 1st Gen Pokemon in them. You could catch Magikarp early on, power level it to 20, evolve it and then load it with TMs before sending it back. Oh and yes you can trade Mew to the 2nd Gen games. Just sayin’.
Completing The Pokedex
…Because getting 150, 151, 250 or 251 Pokemon is WAY easier than all the games released after them.
This is a 2 for 1: I will walk you through completing the Pokedex for both the 1st and 2nd Gen Pokemon.
Do note all of the following things are assumed of the reader for this section:
- Access to a 2nd 3DS/2DS Family Console with a Virtual Console copy of Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver or Crystal on it.
- You know how to use the Pokemon Daycare introduced in the 2nd Gen games (Gold, Silver and Crystal) to breed Pokemon, presumably with Ditto.
Forget about completing the Pokedex in the 1st or 2nd Gen games if you do not have access to another 3DS with Pokemon games that contain Pokemon not in the version you have. If you have Yellow, you will need access to both Red and Blue. If you have Crystal, you will need access to both Gold and Silver. I have all six games on both of my 3DS Consoles so naturally, I don’t have these problems.
The following Event Pokemon you can only get one of per game and they cannot be bred:
- Mew (via the Nugget Bridge Glitch)
- Suicune* (See below)
- Lugia (Level 40 in Silver, Level 70 in Gold)
- Ho-Oh (Level 40 in Gold, Level 70 in Silver)
- Celebi (Pokemon Crystal Only)
Note that The Johto Legendary Trio–Cats, Dogs, Gerbils, whatever–are roaming Pokemon after you see them in the Burned Tower in Ecruteak City for the first time. They are all level 40 and will not appear if your lead Pokemon is above level 40. You will randomly see them in the grasses of Johto (with their own music in Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver). They will immediately run so you will want your lead Pokemon to use Spider Web or Mean Look to keep them from escaping. You will then want to immediately put them to sleep before they use Roar to instantly end the battle.
This next bit of info is important: Unlike normal Wild Pokemon Battles, The Legendary Johto Trio do not recover HP between repeat encounters. For example let’s say you reduce their HP to Red on the first encounter. The next time you see it, its health will still be Red. That just leaves putting it to sleep and then chucking Ultra Balls. DO NOT Poison or Burn the Pokemon since you don’t want it to faint on you. I also do not reccommend Paralysis when you can just use X Speed after putting it to sleep.
To recap, the order of moves when encountering one of Johto’s Legendary Trio should be this:
- Use Mean Look or Spider Web
- Put it to Sleep
- Drop its health to Red
- Throw Ultra Balls until caught.
Repeat all four steps as needed. As for what Pokemon to use, I reccommend Gengar (or its pre-evolved form Haunter) since it learns both Mean Look and Hypnosis. Level one to 39 and then feed it 10 Carbos so it will outspeed Raikou/Entei/Suicune. Once you use Mean Look, immediately use Hypnosis and hope it doesn’t use Roar before you can put it to sleep.
In Pokemon Crystal (as well as HeartGold and SoulSilver), you get a traditional Wild Pokemon battle with Suicune. It will not run in Crystal so you can take your time weakening it.
Articuno is found in the bottom of Seafoam Island in Red/Blue/Yellow. You will need a Pokemon with Strength to move boulders to change the flow of water on the bottom level in order to reach it. If you make a mistake, exit the cave and re-enter to reset the boulders on the level before the bottom level of the cavern. It’s level 50. Zapdos can be found at the end of the Power Plant. It is level 50. Moltres can be found in Victory Road. You pass it on your way to the Indigo Plateau. It’s level 50.
Mewtwo is found in the Cerulean Cave, also known as the Unknown Dungeon in Red/Blue/Yellow. You will need to beat the Elite Four + Champion in order to gain access to the cave. You will also need Surf inside the cave. It awaits you at the very end of the cave and is level 70. If you either do not have the Master Ball–because this is easily the best time to use it–or want to catch it the old fashioned way, bring in a team of Pokemon level 75+ including at least two that can inflict Sleep. DO NOT use Haunter/Gengar since although it’s a Ghost Pokemon, it’s also half Poison. Snorlax or Slowbro with Amnesia (Raises Special 2 levels) would be a good idea defensively. Keep Mewtwo asleep and then drops its health to critical before you start chucking Ultra Balls. I reccommend having at least 30 and hope it’s enough.
Use the glitch I mentioned above to get Mew. If you’re past that point, either restart or do it in another game and then trade it in. You automatically get a level 30 Celebi in Ilex Forest in the Virtual Console version of Pokemon Crystal.
Lugia is in the Whirl Islands in Johto. You will need to enter the southeastern (botthom-right) cave on Route 40/41 to reach Lugia. You will also need Whirlpool, Surf and Flash to see inside (Lanturn can learn all 3 HM Moves + Waterfall). You will ALSO need the Silver Wing and when you get it depends on which version you’re playing. In Silver and Crystal you will get it after dealing with Team Rocket in Goldenrod City. Lugia will also be level 40 in Silver and have its signature move Aeroblast. In Gold, you will get it from an old man in Pewter City outside the Pokemart. It will be level 70 in Gold but will not have Aeroblast (trade to Crystal and see the Move Relearner to get it on the level 70 Lugia).
Ho-Oh is at the top of Tin Tower in Ecruteak City. You will need the Ecruteak City Gym Badge to enter Tin Tower BUT you will also need the Rainbow Wing to challenge Ho-Oh and when you get it depends on which version you’re playing. In Gold, you will get it after dealing with Team Rocket in Goldenrod City. Ho-Oh will also be level 40 in Gold and have its signature move Sacred Fire. In Silver and Crystal, you will get it from an old man in Pewter City outside the Pokemart. It will be level 70 in Silver and Crystal but will not have Sacred Fire (trade to Crystal and see the Move Relearner to get it on the level 70 Ho-Oh).
The Pikachu you receive at the beginning of Pokemon Yellow cannot be evolved. You will need to either import a Pikachu or trade it to Red/Blue, evolve it and then send it back to Yellow. You also get all three of the Kanto Starter Pokemon during the course of Pokemon Yellow. In Red/Blue, you must pick one of them.
The Kanto starters can all be bred in the 2nd Gen games. Eggs can’t be sent to the first Gen games so you will need to hatch the egg and then send the resulting Level 5 Bulbasaur, Charmander and/or Squirtle to Red/Blue.
If you do not have access to a second copy of Gold/Silver/Crystal, the old method involves restarting the game twice before you play the game normally. You pick two different starters the first two times before you play for real the third time. For the first two times, you trade the starter to another game until after your third start, then import those two starter Pokemon.
Regardless of which method, if you do not have enough badges they may not listen to you. If you do it at the start, stop leveling the two you imported at level 10 until you get the Cascade/Swarm Badge (Allows you to use traded Pokemon up to level 30). Once you get the Rainbow/Fog Badge (Allows you to use traded Pokemon up to level 50) you can fully evolve the Kanto/Johto starters.
The trade method is the only way to get all 3 Johto Starters but you can trade Eggs. Pokemon hatched from Eggs will gain the Trainer ID of the game they hatch in regardless of what game(s) the parents came from. The same principle applies if you say, import a level 100 Charizard from Red and breed it to get a Charmander. The resulting Charmander will have your Trainer ID.
Event Only Pokemon that can be Bred
The following Pokemon you will only get one of per game BUT they can be Bred:
- Eevee (Level 25 in Red/Blue/Yellow, level 20 in Gold/Silver/Crystal)
- Snorlax (2 at level 30 in Red/Blue/Yellow, 1 at level 50 in Gold/Silver/Crystal)
- Porygon and Porygon2
You get your pick of Hitmonchan or Hitmonlee from the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City in the 1st Gen. You will get Tyrogue in Mr. Mortar. Breed Hitmonchan/Hitmonlee to get Tyrogue, which can evolve into either one of the two or Hitmontop.
Thunder, Fire and Water Stones can be bought in the 1st Gen games. Assuming you evolved the Eevee you get in the 1st Gen, send it to Johto and Breed a few to get the two you don’t have in the first Gen. Breed two more to get Espeon and Umbreon in Johto.
Snorlax is event Pokemon you encounter during the course of both the 1st and 2nd Gen games and both times it’s blocking your path. You will see two level 30 Snorlax in the 1st Gen and a level 50 Snorlax in the 2nd Gen. To get Snorlax in the 1st Gen, you will need the Poke Flute which you will get during the course of the game. To get Snorlax in the 2nd Gen, you will need to go to Kanto’s Radio Tower after you fix the Power Plant problem where the director will give you an Expansion Card that enables the Radio in Kanto. One of the Kanto Radio Stations is the Poke Flute which is needed to wake the Snorlax in Vermillion City blocking the entrance to Diglett’s Cave. This Snorlax is holding Leftovers so be careful and be patient!
Sudowoodo is level 20 when you see it. You will need to beat Whitney to get the Squirtbottle from the Florist in the building northeast of the Goldenrod City Gym (topmost of the two in the northeast corner). Use the bottle on Sudowoodo to initiate the battle. It has Low Kick and Mimic which can catch you off guard if you’re not careful. Try not to accidently faint it either.
You will be gifted a Level 15 Lapras in the Silph Co. Building in the 1st Gen. The man is in the same room as the one you encounter your rival in. Just talk to him and he’ll give it to you. You can also catch a Level 20 Lapras in Union Cave in Johto (You pass through it to get to Azaela Town) but you will need Surf to get to where it is. Enter Union Cave from the Azaela Town side and walk to the pool of water in the southeast corner of the floor. Cross it and take the stairs. Follow the path to the next set of stairs and go down. At the bottom of this last floor is a large pool of water. You will find a level 20 Lapras here on Friday Nights. It will not be here at any other time. If you fail to catch it, come back the following week and another will be waiting for you.
Aerodactyl is revived from the Old Amber you get in the 1st Gen games. A trainer in the 2nd Gen in Kanto will trade you one for a Chansey but it’s much easier to revive one from Old Amber in the 1st Gen. You can find it in the Pewter City Museum but you will need Cut to go in the side entrance however. Take it to a scientist in the far Rightmost room of the Research Center on Cinnabar Island. Exit the building and walk back in after giving it to him to receive the Pokemon.
Your first time in Mt. Moon you will have the choice of getting either the Dome Fossil (Kabuto) or the Helix Fossil (Omanyte). Take the Fossil you pick to the Research Center on Cinnabar Island to get the Pokemon. To get the other, you have 2 options. Either trade with someone who picked the other fossil or send the Pokemon you get to the 2nd Gen, Breed it and then trade it to someone with the evolved form of the Pokemon you didn’t pick so it can be bred and you both get the base forms of the Pokemon you didn’t pick.
I have a copy of all six games on both my 3DS Consoles so what I would do is just evolve Kabuto/Omanyte, send it to the 2nd Gen, breed it with a Ditto and then send both the evolved Pokemon and Kabuto/Omanyte back to the game they came from. I would repeat in another game where I picke the other Pokemon. I would then swap the base Pokemon with each other in the first gen games to get all four Pokedex entries in all 3 1st Gen games (Red, Blue or Yellow) and as a bonus, the 2nd Gen games get the Pokedex data for all four Pokemon along the way.
Porygon is the only Pokemon that can only be gotten via the Game Corner. It’s 9999 Coins–the cap for the Coin Case–but if you chain run the Elite Four in the second Gen Games a few dozen times using a a Pokemon that holds the Amulet Coin (Increased Money payout from Trainer Battles by 50%), you should quickly rack up the money to buy the coins you need to get one. Porygon is 6500 Coins in Blue but you can only buy Coins in 50 increments in the 1st Gen. In the 2nd Gen, you can buy coins in 50 or 500 increments. Trade Porygon while holding the Up Grade (someone in the Silph Co. Building in Saffron City will give you one) to evolve it into Porygon2.
Often Overlooked Pokemon
The following 1st Gen Pokemon are Breedable in the 2nd Gen but can be pretty hard to find:
- Mr. Mime
The first four Pokemon are only obtainable via in-game trade in Red and Blue but of them, Farfetch’d and Jynx can be caught in the wild in the 2nd Gen games. Lickitung can also be caught in the Cerulean Cave in Yellow. Magmar is exclusive to Blue in the 1st Gen but it can be caught in the basement of the Burned Tower in Ecruteak City in all of the 2nd Gen games. Electabuzz is exclusive to Red in the 1st Gen but it can be caught outside the Power Plant in Kanto in all of the 2nd Gen games.
Chansey, Tauros, Exeggcute and Ryhorn can all be found in the Safari Zone in the 1st Gen but Tauros and Chansey are both not only SUPER Rare but VERY difficult to capture. There is a workaround to this in Red and Blue though. Leave the Safari Zone and exit Fushcia City south to the beach. Pop a Max Repel or Super Repel and swim to Seafoam Island’s coast. Let the Repel expire and swim up and down the Eastern Coast of Seafoam Island. You will encounter Pokemon in the last area you can find wild Pokemon in. Chansey and Tauros are both in Area 3 of the Safari Zone. Use up your remaining time in Area 3 of the Safari Zone to lock that as your Wild Pokemon Spawn location. Pop the Max/Super Repel since if you encounter wild Pokemon while swimming to Seafoam Island, that will mess things up. If you use this workaround, you can easily catch Chansey or Tauros (and other Pokemon exclusive to the Safari Zone). All four Pokemon can also be caught in the 2nd Gen games but Chansey and Tauros are still super rare.
Scyther is exclusive to Red and Yellow while Pinsir is exclusive to Blue but both can only be found in the Safari Zone. You can use the workaround I just described for them if you want (won’t work in Yellow, all the fun glitches from Red/Blue are not in Yellow). In the 2nd Gen, Pinsir and Scyther can both be encountered while participating in the Bug Catching Contest in National Park in Johto (North of Goldenrod City). The Bug Catching Contest is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. First Prize is a Sun Stone and catching a Scyther or Pinsir prettymuch guarantees you’ll win 1st Prize.
The following 2nd Gen Pokemon are breedable but can be very hard to find or encounter:
- Ledyba (Silver Only)
- Spinerak (Ariados)
- Phanphy (Silver Only)
- Teddiursa (Gold Only)
- Skarmory (Silver Only)
- Gligar (Gold Only)
- Delibird (Silver Only)
- Mantine (Gold Only)
…This is most of the Johto Pokemon RIGHT HERE and it also factors their evolved forms. Most of these can only be found either in one area or under VERY specific conditions. Whew, this will take some time to go through. Once you get one, do yourself a favor and breed it. Ok here we go.
Dunsparce, Marril, Qwilfish (Good Rod or Super Rod needed), Remoraid (Good Rod or Super Rod needed), Yanma and Snubbull are Swarming Pokemon: Unless you get the Poke Gear numbers for specific trainers they will be extremely hard to find normally. Once you get the phone call telling you all of them have been sighted, you will have a much easier time encountering them all.
Natu and Smeargle can actually both be found in the ONE patch of grass outside the Ruins of Alph but you will need Surf and Strength as well as to go through Union Cave to get to it. Enter the cave and go down the ladder. cross the water, travel to the back of the room and turn left. Take the top exit for the grass. Both Pokemon may take time to encounter. Smeagle’s Signature Move Sketch allows it to permanently learn the last move used in battle. If it misses, it will use Struggle which does have Recoil so be careful.
Pineco, Heracross and Aipom along with Exeggcute can only be encountered when using the move Headbutt on Trees. You will encounter Pineco and Exeggcute only in forested areas while you will encounter Heracross and Aipom in mountain areas. All are level 10 when you encounter them so be careful if your lead Pokemon is at a high level. Pineco also knows Selfdestruct so try to put it to sleep right away.
Ledyba and Spinerak are encountered early in the game but Ledyba can only be seen in the morning while Spinerak can only be seen at night just so you’re aware. Phanpy and Teddiursa can be found all day on Route 46 around level but can also be found along with their evolved form around Mt. Silver as well. Be warned, Phanphy/Teddiursa might run so you’ll want to put it to sleep right away. Skarmory and Gligar can also be found only on Route 46. Mantine is found on Route 40/41 while Surfing. Delibird is in the Ice Cave. Larvitar can only be found in Mt. Silver but be warned, it will be level 20. It’s a stark contrast from the level 40+ Pokemon you will normally encounter in Mt. Silver so plan accordingly.
Shuckle, Tyrogue and Togepi are all gift Pokemon. You will also need to evolve Tyrogue and Togepi in order to breed them. Shuckle is given to you by someone in Cianwood City. You will get the Egg containing Togepi from the Violet City Pokemon Center after you beat Faulkner. The Karate King, who is training in Mr. Mortar will give you a Tyrogue after beating him.